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Harnett Co. Board listens to more testimony in shooting range hearing

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Concerns about a Harnett County shooting range continue to be the focus of a group of homeowners who live near the place.

For the second night, homeowners continued to plead their case against Drake Landing at a hearing held by the Harnett County Board of Adjustment Thursday evening.

At the meeting, there were a considerable number of supporters of the shooting range who were drawn there by the media coverage.

Some told NBC-17 they came because they thought the coverage of the issue was one sided and unfair to the shooting range.

Most of the evening was taken up with testimony from the man who classified Drake Landing as an Agritourism site.

Harnett County zoning administrator Randy baker explained his decision.

"When a shooting range that you can discharge a firearm at is located on a property that's with-in a hunting preserve it is not viewed in my case as a stand alone shooting range," Baker testified.

During a break in the hearing several supporters of the range spoke out .

"There's people who've moved down here recently who don't like guns; that don't like shooting and hunting," said Tina Medlin who lived and hunted in the area for 30 years.

"I think they need to move back to Cary because they would fit right in," she said. Cary. Morrisville; they don't hunt up there. Here in Harnett County we hunt and we fish."

Some drake landing supporters believe the opponents of the shooting range  are  just trying to capitalize on anti-gun sentiment..

"It's a good time for things like this to happen according to some people, said range supporter Joe Capps. "It's a good time to try and change gun laws and things,"

Some homeowners who live near the facility have reported bullets striking their houses. Supporters of the shooting range say those shots may have originated elsewhere.

"From Kennebec all the way over to the Cape Fear River there's shooting all the time off their property for miles and miles and miles," said Tina Medlin.

 

 

Steve Sbraccia

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